Title: ‘Harder, better, faster, stronger’: De Vlaamse overheid als kenner, coach en verzekeraar van en in onderwijs
Authors: Van de Perre, Liselotte
Kelchtermans, Geert
Simons, Maarten
Issue Date: 2009
Conference: Onderwijsresearchdagen edition:2009 location:Leuven, België date:mei 2009
Abstract: Flemish government (Belgium) expects from schools that they operate within an ‘information-rich environment’. In order to achieve this, the Flemish government supplies schools with different kinds of information and with instruments to generate information. Moreover, Flemish government also functions in an information-rich environment. In this paper three questions will be answered: 1) What policy actions involving information does the Flemish government take?; 2) What self-understanding of Flemish government is shown in a policy context in which information apparently plays an important role?; and 3) What rationality is expressed and inscribed in these policy actions and in this self-understanding? We analyse these questions by means of a cartography in a governmentality framework (see e.g. Foucault, 1991; Foucault, 2008) taking several Flemish policy documents as data sources. We will demonstrate that the Flemish government performs three forms of management: information management, performance management and risk management. As such, Flemish government manifests and understands itself as an expert, a coach and an insurer of Flemish education. These actions and this self-understanding in turn give shape to and mirror an educational reality in which activating knowledge, performativity and distrust are prominently present as rationalities.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AMa
Appears in Collections:Education and Society
Educational Policy and Innovation and Teacher Training

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